MLB In Full Bloom - Wilson Ramos Has Surgery - 4/2/2014

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Day 2 of the baseball season brought more injury news for fantasy owners to have to deal and this time it is Wilson Ramos. Ramos will miss the next 4-8 weeks after undergoing hamate bone surgery on his left hand today. Hamate bone injuries are common in baseball. Recovery tends to take four to eight weeks. Many players require longer to recapture their power once they return. He should return sometime in May, but players coming back from hamate bone surgery often experience a loss in power. Jose Lobaton will handle the catching duties while Ramos is out. Lobaton has a career .228 BA and offers very little fantasy value. As for Ramos, he has really had a tough stretch in the last few years of his life. He had torn ligaments in his knee, he was kidnapped from his home in Venezuela in 2011, and now he has a broken hamate bone.

MLB News & Notes

  • Justin Smoak collected his second consecutive three-RBI game in Tuesday's 8-3 victory over the Angels. Smoak went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer on Monday, and followed that performance by going 2-for-4 with a double on Tuesday. Smoak had 5 RBI in the entire month of April last year. Smoak is off to a strong start and need to continue to provide protection for Robinson Cano and should continue to see some pitches to hit.
  • Freddie Freeman went 3-for-3 with two home runs in a Braves' 5-2 win over the Brewers on Tuesday. Freeman hit 23 home runs in each of the last two seasons, but fantasy owners can realistically expect him topping that number this year.
  • Erasmo Ramirez threw seven innings of two-run ball while striking out six Angels in his 2014 debut in Anaheim on Tuesday night. Ramirez allowed six hits and zero walks in the victory, keeping the momentum going from his strong spring. Ramirez will face the Athletics in his next start.
  • Brian Wilson (elbow) was placed on the 15-day disabled list with nerve irritation in his right elbow. An MRI revealed no ligament damage, but it's not clear how long the reliever will be sidelined. The Dodgers have Chris Perez and Brandon League that can step in and fill in for Wilson and get the ball to Kenley Jansen in the ninth inning.
  • Brandon Belt had his second big game in two days in Tuesday's 5-4 loss against Arizona, going 2-for-4 with a three-run homer. He's only nine at-bats in to the season, obviously, but his current .556 BA sure looks good.
  • Bobby Parnell (elbow) could eventually require Tommy John surgery after blowing a save Monday. Shortly after the game, Parnell complained of tightness in his right forearm and the Mets sent him for an examination. Doctors discovered a partial MCL tear, which is an injury that could ultimately require Tommy John surgery. Parnell is hoping rest and rehab do the trick and hopes avoid the procedure. Look for Jose Valverde to close for the foreseeable future.
  • A.J. Pollock had three hits, two runs and an RBI in Tuesday's 5-4 win over the visiting Giants. His infield single in the first inning was his first hit of the season, snapping an 0-13 skid. Hopefully this is a sign of positive things to come for Pollock, who is looking to improve upon his .259 batting average from last season. Pollock should be owned in all NL-Only formats and deeper mixed league formats.
  • Alex Wood gave up just one run on five hits while striking out five Brewers as he earned the victory on Tuesday. He gave up a leadoff home run to Carlos Gomez, but settled down after that. Wood was very efficient. Wood's next start will come against the Mets on Tuesday.

MLB In Full Bloom - How long will Jose Reyes Be Out? - 4/1/2014

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Opening Day lived up to the anticipation and excitement for baseball purists! I was fortunate enough to be in Anaheim for the Los Angeles Angels home opener against the Seattle Mariners. Mike Trout hit a two-run homer in his first AB of the 2014 season, and yours truly was asked to be quiet as I sat in the Angels press box with Julie Buehler. I briefly forgot that I am not supposed to show any emotion while sitting in the press box and for all you that know me that is difficult to do for extended periods of time! The Angels bullpen looked woeful, especially Kevin Jepsen who gave up 5 ER in 2/3 of an inning as the Mariners scored nine unanswered runs to defeat the Halos 10-3. If that was not bad enough, Hitting Coach Don Baylor broke his right femur while catching Vladimir Guerrero's ceremonial first pitch. Baylor sat motionless on the ground for a few moments before trainers helped him off the field. Baylor will have surgery today. It was certainly a rocky and bizarre way to start Monday night in Anaheim.

MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • Jose Reyes (hamstring) is back on the 15-day disabled list with left hamstring tightness. The Blue Jays won't know the extent of Reyes' hamstring injury until he undergoes an MRI Tuesday, but they already know it's bad enough to place Reyes on the disabled list. No surprise here as Reyes has been nursing the injury for over a week and aggravated it in his first at-bat Monday. Maicer Izturis is expected to start at shortstop while Reyes is sidelined. Fantasy owners that gambled on Reyes should expect him to be out longer than the 15 days on the disabled list.
  • Grady Sizemore homered and singled against the Orioles in a losing effort on Opening Day. The home run was his first since July 15, 2011 - 991 days. After joining the Red Sox on a minor league deal over the winter, the oft-injured 31-year-old won the starting center field job over Jackie Bradley Jr. with a strong showing in spring training. Who knows how long the resurgence will last, but Sizemore could be a huge bargain for the Red Sox and fantasy owners.
  • Mike Trout went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer on Opening Day against the Mariners on Monday. Trout homered off Felix Hernandez in his very first at-bat of the season, what else would you expect!
  • Felix Hernandez gave up a two-run homer to Mike Trout and was shaky early, but he settled down to strike out 11 Angels over six innings and earned his first victory of the year. King Felix is now 5-0 in Opening Day starts in his career.
  • Adam Wainwright picked up right where he left of last year with a dominating performance in Cincinnati on Opening Day. Wainwright struck out nine over seven scoreless innings in Monday's 1-0 victory over the Reds. He did walk four batters, which is very uncharacteristic for the right-hander, but he allowed just three singles and never encountered any real trouble. He face the Pirates in his next start.
  • Buster Posey went 2-for-5 with the go-ahead two-run homer in a 9-8 Opening Day win over the Diamondbacks. Posey's homer came off Addison Reed in the ninth inning that snapped a 7-7 tie. Posey struggled during the second half last year due to a fractured finger, but he's back to 100 percent right now and should be one of the most productive catchers in the game this year.
  • Francisco Rodriguez received a save opportunity and he shut the door as the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Atlanta Braves on Opening Day. This came as a surprise as many thought manager Ron Roenicke had Jim Henderson as his closer to start the year. It now appears that Rodriguez will be the Brewers closer until further notice. The decision came after Henderson struggled with diminished velocity and command in spring training.
  • Jose Abreu went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and a run scored Monday against the Twins. Abreu signed a six-year, $68 million contract last October with the White Sox and then he struggled in spring training. But Abreu didn't disappoint in his major league debut. He posted huge power numbers during his time in Cuba and carries significant fantasy potential.

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